Sukhnag villagers demand bridges, drinking water

Sukhnag villagers demand bridges, drinking water

BUDGAM: People living along the banks of Sukhnag nallah are being deprived of several basic amenities like roads, water, and health. Several bridges, washed away by 2014 floods, are yet to be constructed.
Villagers from Kangripora, Zanigam, Kanigund to Takyibal, Rawathpora, Sutharan, Drung, Khag, Habber and many other hamlets claim that lack of connectivity was causing immense difficulties to the villagers. Students face a tough time during rains as they find it impossible to cross the streams.
While the authorities claim that 90 percent of work is complete, the situation on ground is far from their claims. Several bridges, especially the bridges connecting Kangripora with Zanigam, Kanigund with Takyibal, and Sail with Rawathpora – all thickly populated areas – are non-functional.
“Although adequate funds (almost 20 crores) for the construction of the bridges have been released, the work is progressing at snail’s pace. Deadline for completion of work has been missed,” Shabir Ahmad, a resident of Kangripora, said.
Another villager, Bilal, said that authorities have several times constructed ordinary and seasonal log-bridges. “These bridges remain functional for 2-3 months. After that water washes them away,” he said. “We are being forced to cover the 1 km distance via Beerwah which increases the travel to 20 kilometres.”
“The official negligence”, he said, “took the lives of two persons few years back, when two an elderly man and a young girl drowned in the Nallah,” he added.
The area also lacks proper healthcare, portable water and roads.
MLA Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, when asked about the issue, said that only 5 percent work on the bridges was incomplete.

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